“You see, Penny, when I die you, as my queen, must accompany me on my voyage to the stars. Thus, you will be ritually slaughtered, your heart and brain will be scooped out and placed in jars, and you will be mummified and laid to rest beside me!” – King Tut
Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Mar 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A genius dog and his adopted son travel through time to learn about history the old fashioned way…by living it.
My Take on it – I know that a lot of people have panned this movie because they didn’t think this movie was done well, but I have to disagree with them all.
I took my three sons (yes, you can start humming THAT tune) to see this last night and all four of enjoyed it immensely.
I’m an unapologetic fan of the time travel and genre and this movie clearly fits into that genre.
I am also a huge fan of history (it was always my favorite subject in school) and movies that somehow portray glimpses of history (even if they are pure fiction) are usually interesting to me.
This movie merges both because unlike most time travel movies that stick to one time, this movie leaps around in time giving us bits and pieces from numerous times which adds to the humor and the fun.
Two of my favorite TV shows growing up were Voyagers and Quantum Leap which both have a strong tie travel component in their stories.
My kids loved the sci-fi aspects of this movie and were each quite amused when they were able to recognize historical figures like Newton, Einstein, Shakespeare, Da Vinci and even Washington, Lincoln and Clinton.
Just the fact that they could recognize some of them made me a proud father knowing that they have managed to absorb some culture along with their modern football (soccer) and music habits. 🙂 (They are 6, 8 and 9 for those of you wondering)
I recall having seen some of the episodes of the original show as a kid, but have no real recollection of the content of those shows besides remembering the basic premise of learning history thru time travel.
The animation was done well and looked great. There were even a few scenes where parts of the animation looked quite real.
This isn’t the best animated movie I’ve ever seen both animation and story wise, but it was done extremely well.
I had fun. The kids had fun and we were able to discuss the fun and educational aspects movie for over an hour afterwards makes me quite happy.
Bottom Line – Fun movie that is both educational and interesting to viewers of all ages. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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